Prevention Programs to Augment Family and Child Resilience Can Have Lasting Effects on Suicidal Risk

Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2016 Apr;46 Suppl 1:S39-47. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12257.


In this commentary, the effects of four family-based preventive interventions designed to augment parent and child resilience, originally designed to prevent mental health and substance abuse, on suicide ideation and attempts are reviewed. Three of the preventive interventions showed a beneficial effect either on child suicide ideation or attempts, and one found a beneficial effect on parental suicidal ideation. The duration of effects in two of these studies was well longer than a decade. These studies suggest that interventions to augment family and child resiliency originally designed to prevent mental health and substance abuse disorders can also have beneficial, often long-term, effects on suicidal ideation and behavior.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / prevention & control
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Resilience, Psychological*
  • Risk Factors
  • Substance-Related Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / psychology
  • Suicidal Ideation*
  • Suicide / psychology
  • Suicide Prevention*